Cristiano Ronaldo primed for new historic Real Madrid record

Ronaldo Strikes

Real Madrid face Espanyol in the penultimate game of La Liga this weekend.

Former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal away from beating Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano’s all-time scoring record of 307 goals.

The Portuguese winger moved to Madrid in the summer of 2009, trading the Red Devils for the Santiago Bernabeu for a then world record transfer fee.

During his time in the Spanish capital, Ronaldo has scored for fun and broken numerous records in the process, including becoming the Champions League’s all-time top scorer alongside Lionel Messi.

His goal scoring record has defied belief at times, but remarkably he has yet to topple Madrid’s all-time scoring list led by Raul with a whopping 323 in 741 appearances.

However, Ronaldo isn’t too far behind and one more goal will see him move ahead of currently tied second-placed Alfredo di Stefano, who managed 307 strikes in 396 appearances.

The opponent standing in his way this weekend is Barcelona’s city rivals Espanyol, a talented side but one which hasn’t tasted victory against Los Blancos in their last 16 encounters.

While the season might be over for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in terms of trophies, for Ronaldo there is still personal glory to be had and a target to hit which will at least keep him motivated and at the top of his game.

With two La Liga games remaining, the 30-year-old leads Argentine superstar Messi with 42 goals to 40 in the race to land the prestigious Pichichi trophy awarded to the Spanish top-flight’s top marksman.

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